Butler County numbers down slightly, Allegheny County bars banned from serving on-site alcohol
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania reported 492 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and eight deaths on Monday and 505 cases and three deaths on Sunday, slight drops that come as concerns about rising infections nationally has officials scrutinizing the numbers to look for trends.
The Health Department's figures from Friday and Saturday were around 600 new confirmed cases and 22 and 24 deaths, respectively.
Pennsylvania has so far had nearly 86,000 confirmed infections and 6,614 deaths.
Locally, Butler County saw an increase of 18 confirmed cases over the weekend, going from 252 on Friday to 270 as of Monday.
Butler Health System also reported Monday that six patients were being treated at Butler Memorial Hospital, a slight drop from the eight patients reportedly being treated heading into the weekend on Friday. Of the six, four are suspected cases of COVID-19, while the other two are confirmed cases with one listed in the ICU.
The number of infections is thought to be far higher than the state's confirmed case count because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected without feeling sick.
The final two counties in the state, Philadelphia and Lebanon, will be moved to the least restrictive "green" zone in Gov. Tom Wolf's color-coded reopening system on Friday.
There has been particular focus on the disease's spread in Allegheny County, home to the city of Pittsburgh, where officials will stopping on-site consumption of alcohol in bars and restaurants as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The move is in response to what they have described as an alarming increase in infections, largely among younger people.
Allegheny County is home to 1.2 million people and is the state's second most-populated county behind Philadelphia.
Butler Eagle staff contributed to this report.
The following numbers on the coronavirus pandemic were compiled from the regular news releases from the state Department of Health and Butler Health System. Monday's COVID-19 statistics:
Confirmed cases: 270
Probable cases: 32
Negative tests: 6,499
Total cases: 85,988
Total deaths: 6,614
Negative tests: 666,901
Recovered: 78 percent
Butler Memorial Hospital
Total tests: 8,339
Outdoor tests: 3,512
Positive tests: 259
Total tests: 1,531
Outdoor tests: 1,019
Positive tests: 40
Allegheny: 2,508 confirmed cases; 53,567 negative; and 183 deaths
Armstrong: 73 confirmed; 2,024 negative; and 6 deaths
Beaver: 631 confirmed; 6,089 negative; and 78 deaths
Clarion: 34 confirmed; 942 negative; and 2 deaths
Lawrence: 89 confirmed; 2,580 negative; and 9 deaths
Mercer: 115 confirmed; 3,996 negative; and 6 deaths
Venango: 15 confirmed and 1,130 negative
Westmoreland: 615 confirmed; 17,130 negative; and 38 deaths.